Friday, July 11, 2014

The American Dream: The Roberts Court's Intellectual Collapse Is Legal!

"Hey, Nino, being legally correct but stupid kinda blows...but it's fun!"

Okay, my assertion that the Roberts Court has descended into idiocy with Hobby Lobby has to have a caveat attached:
The Court ultimately decided that due to RFRA, a religious belief doesn't have to be scientifically sound in order to exempt its believer from the Obamacare requirement. The day after the Hobby Lobby ruling, a majority of justices ordered the lower courts to hear multiple lawsuits against the birth control mandate, including those that challenge other contraceptives which medical researchers overwhelmingly agree are not abortion-inducing.
Perhaps cognizant that scientific evidence wasn't legally relevant, the Obama administration didn't seek to argue the point. Don Verrilli, the president's lawyer, conceded that it is the "sincere belief" of the challengers that the contraceptives in question induce abortion, "and we don't question that." But he disagreed with their claim and noted such a belief is not reflected in state and federal law.
"The whole purpose of RFRA is to honor people's religious beliefs and so science steps out of the doorstep in RFRA," Rosenbaum said. "The wonderful thing about being religious is you can believe all sorts of irrational things."
Okay, Little Sammy Alito, you got me. When you said in your Hobby Lobby opinion, "It is not for us to say that their religious beliefs are mistaken or insubstantial," you're on apparently safe legal ground. But morally, you and your Catholic conservative men are jackasses, and you know it. Unless you don't. Holy crap.

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